42nd Street The Musical

We all dream of success, making it big and proving to ourselves and to the world that we have what it takes to become the next great story. In “42nd Street – The Musical” the action is packed, and the story relies on the struggles of what theater and putting up a play for the best production of your life are all about. You get to pick behind the curtains, while never leaving your seat. The show is an encapsulation of what Broadway is really like, from everyday cast problems to accidents that could ruin a curtain or, in this case, catapult a young, unknown Philadelphian girl into worldwide fame. Get the best tickets to “42nd Street – The Musical” and all of the information about the show in this article!

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Synopsis

Peggy Sawyer arrives by bus to The Big City, with nothing but a suitcase in her hand and a dream in her heart. She is ready to audition for the hit play “Pretty Lady” that’s about to debut on Broadway. Being the beautiful young woman that she is, she immediately gets noticed and wooed by Billy Lawlor, one of the leading male roles of the play. Unfortunately, Peggy misses the auditions, but Billy is confident that he will get her to bypass the process and still get a role.

Little does he know that the choreographer is not up for such nonsense and immediately sends Peggy for a walk out of his theater. Dorothy Brock takes the leading role in the show, while Peggy gets reassured about her talent and is offered some drinks for the night by the cast, to forget about the incident. During some final rehearsals, Peggy gets bumped and falls into Dorothy, who gets a broken ankle from the ordeal.

Peggy is on her way back to Philadelphia, with her dream of making it big on Broadway shattered to pieces. On the platform, the entire cast, led by Julian the choreographer begs her to return and ask her to play the leading role in the musical. Peggy is almost going into shock, having just two days to prepare for what is the biggest show of her life. Is she going to make it, or is she doomed to eternal hatred by the staff and the fans?

Past, Present, Future

David Merrick is the one responsible for the first idea for the play. He gambled for a $3 million production in 1980, after David and his team came up with the musical based on the 1933 movie. The first production for the show was at the “Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts” in Washington, D.C., followed by the Broadway opening on August 25th, 1980, at the “Winter Garden Theater”. The production moved to the “Majestic Theater” and then “St. James Theater”, before closing on January 8th, 1989, after exactly 3.486 performances.

The production opened at the West End in 1984, at the “ Theater Royal Drury Lane”. Catherine Zeta-Jones, then a teenager and chorus member for the production, took the leading role for Peggy, just as the character does for Dorothy in the show and was immediately catapulted into an overnight success. In 2001 there was a Broadway revival that ran for over 1.500 performances. The 2017 West End revival, which is still in production, began on March 20th at the same theater.

Director is Mark Bramble once again, with Randy Skinner as the choreographer. The cast includes Clare Halse as Peggy, Sheena Easton as Dorothy Brock, Stuart Neal as Billy and Tom Lister as choreographer Julian. On March 19th Lulu will take over the role of Dorothy, while Ashley Day will start playing as Billy. The show is scheduled to curtain until late November of 2018.

About the director

Mark Bramble is a living legend in the theater industry. He started his journey alongside famous Broadway producer David Merrick, who hired Mark for some of his many productions. As an author, his repertoire includes “Barnum”, “42nd Street”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Fat Pig”, “Treasure Island” and many others. His most successful work was the directing of the 2001 revival of “42nd Street” on Broadway, which got him a nomination for a Tony for “Best Director” and won him the “Best Revival of a Musical” award.

Tickets

You can find the best tickets to “42nd Street – The Musical” by following the link at www.42ndstreetmusical.co.uk where there’s a full schedule of the performances. Ticket prices start from as low as 15 pounds for a Balcony seat, 25 pounds for a Grand Circle seat, 35 for a Stalls seat and 55 pounds for a Royal Circle seat. Premium seats can go up to 125 pounds and above.

The show is scheduled for curtain every day of the week but Saturday. There are two performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM, and one performance for the rest of the weekdays, at 7:30 PM. For price comparisons and the chance to find better deals, make sure you check out places like SeatGeek and StubHub.

Facts about “42nd Street – The Musical”

  • For the original opening night of the show back in 1980, tragedy struck even before the successful curtain, as Gower Champion, the lead choreographer of the show died that afternoon. The news was a shock to the cast and audience, as no one but director Merrick knew about it and decided to make the news public on stage, right after the performance;
  • The jukebox musical includes hit songs like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, “There’s a Sunny Side to Every Situation”, “I Only Have Eyes for You” and others, for a total of 24 musical pieces;
  • The show won 2 Tonys after its original production, for “Best Musical” and “Best Choreography”, but also a Drama Desk for “Best Costumes”. The 2017 West End revival won 4 out of the 9 “WhatsOnStage Awards” that it was nominated for, for “Best Musical Revival”, “Best Choreography”, “Best Set Design” and “Best Costume Design”.

References:

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